Ubuntu 12.10 Upgrade… OK Something Did Break

A week after I upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 12.10 and I’ve found something that’s actually broken.

In 12.10, the node.js package has been moved from /usr/bin/node to /usr/bin/nodejs as it clashed with another package name (called, unsurprisingly, node).

This is actually documented in the release notes (but only for Ubuntu Server… not for Ubuntu […]

Ubuntu upgrade – 12.10

Just upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 12.10 (aka Quantal Quetzal – although this is the first & last time you’ll hear me refer to it as such) and… well I guess I should be getting used to how painless this process (generally) is. Took exactly an hour from start to finish and left me with […]

Upgrading to Ubuntu 9.04 – things I learnt yesterday

I never upgrade my main machine to a new Ubuntu release on day 1.

It’s not really that I don’t trust the release crew to get it right, it’s more about wanting to let the storm of downloads, patches, reviews, comments and advice settle before I take the risk (however small) of being without a […]

Free Geek

So it took rather longer than anticipated but I finally got to pay a visit to Free Geek Vancouver at the weekend for my introductory volunteer training session (and also to donate a trunk full of unwanted hardware of my own).

First impressions? Besides the rather unsavory neighbourhood (two blocks North of Hastings, just East […]

Building computers for other people

I was at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival at the weekend and ran across a stall for Free Geek.

They’re a volunteer organization that takes people’s unwanted old computers, strips them down, ethically recycles the unusable parts, takes the reusable parts and builds them into fresh computers. Then loads Ubuntu onto them and sells them […]

Computers from junk

I bought an apartment when I first lived here. I still have it now and rent it out. I was over there this morning doing some work and, as I left, I saw an enormous pile of stuff stacked up beside the dumpster.

On further investigation I found a full dinner service, set of speaker […]